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Interview with Jeff Wells

Dr. Jeff Wells, senior scientist with the Boreal Songbird Initiative, has published The Birder's Conservation Handbook. With profiles of 100 North American birds at risk, Dr. Wells also offers suggestions that can help stem the decline of birds - including this White-throated Sparrow - which nest in the boreal forest of northern Canada and Alaska. #1: buy recycled paper!  Learn more about the Birder's Conservation Handbook at  And you can sign a petition to save the boreal forest at

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Jeff Wells: Use Recycled Paper to Help Birds

This is BirdNote!
[Open with long track of the boreal forest]
North America’s boreal forests, summer home to 3 to 5 billion breeding birds, were once thought to be indestructible.  But they are being cut down for their timber and for the crude oil beneath them. Higher winter temperatures caused by global warming are also allowing the destructive mountain pine beetle to proliferate farther north.  As a result millions of acres of this magnificent ecosystem are being devastated.
Yet when it comes to conserving these forests, you can play a bigger role than you may have imagined.  Ornithologist and author, Jeff Wells tells how:
[audio of Jeff Wells interview with Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Common Yellowthroat, Boreal Chickadee, Winter Wren, etc]
Never underestimate the power of your choices.
Learn more about Jeff Wells’ book, The Birder’s Conservation Handbook, with a visit to our website, 

Bird audio provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Boreal forest ambient recorded by G.F. Budney.  Cerulean Warbler recorded by G.A. Keller.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2008 Tune In to  Rev. for Feb. 2009

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